Posted on October 26, 2017 by Michael Downes
HARTFORD – In a special session of the House today, State Representatives Jason Perillo (R-113) and Ben McGorty (R-122) voted in support of a bipartisan budget compromise arrived at after a months-long budget impasse that lasted well beyond the close of the regular legislative session at the beginning June, and 118 days after the start of the current fiscal year. The action today ends the longest budget impasse in Connecticut history.
The Shelton legislators noted that this budget, arrived at after marathon negotiations between Republican and Democrat leaders, passed the House by a vote of 126-23. The budget had passed the Senate the previous evening by a vote of 33-3. The margin of favorable votes in both chambers would be enough to override a veto from Governor Malloy if necessary.
“This budget is far from perfect, but it represents important concessions from both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Perillo, “We had important victories, and those include restoring the education aid to Shelton that the governor threatened to eliminate. We also finally instituted a spending cap and a bond cap to reign in state spending, and phasied in exemptions on taxes on Social Security and pensions. We also protected important programs like Care4Kids. The alternatives being offered by the governor were not acceptable, and I am pleased we were able to arrive at a consensus that helps lay the framework for better budgeting moving forward.”
“I am pleased that we could finally arrive at a budget agreement and I am especially pleased that we will be phasing out the tax on Social Security and pensions, something I have been fighting for since I arrived here,” said Rep. McGorty. “This budget represents giving a little on all sides, but the important priorities we have concerning the preservation of Shelton’s state aid, and making important structural changes to our budgeting process were included. I hope the governor will sign it, but if he does not, we have the numbers to see it pass without him.”
Both legislators said one the paramount priorities they had was restoring the significant cuts to the Education Cost Share (ECS) that Governor Malloy was threatening to cut which represents roughly $6 million for Shelton.
Perillo and McGorty noted that Republican efforts in recent budget negotiations have produced significant structural reforms that will help Connecticut tremendously, with special attention paid to our cities and towns. These reforms represent victories on issues we’ve fought for over the years.
Controlling State Spending
Important reforms in the package that help municipalities include: